Multiple “not guilty” pleas entered in latest alleged Jax meth lab case

By Gary Scott on March 24, 2015 at 1:02pm

Mullens, Huff, Ronald Fanning.

Four of the seven people arrested in Jacksonville two weeks ago in connection to an alleged meth lab at a home in northeast Jacksonville were in court this morning.

Ronald and James Fanning, Chance Huff and Russell Mullens made appearances.      Huff and Ronald Fanning were charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing. Fanning was also charged with possession of meth, while Huff was charged with possession of meth-manufacturing materials and unlawful use of property.

Because of a previous felony conviction, Ronald Fanning was advised he could be sentenced up to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the most serious charge, while Huff could spend up to 30 years in prison.

Police arrested Fanning and Huff at their residence in the 700 block of North East on March 10th. Russell Mullens of the 100 block of West Dunlap, who was also arrested at the North East home, was charged with possession of meth and cannabis.

All three pleaded not guilty. Ronald Fanning and Chance Huff next have court appearances on May 6th. Mullens has a court date on March 31st.

James Fanning appeared in court this morning on a previous drug charge; he hasn’t been charged yet for the March 10th arrest. The other three individuals arrested earlier this month have also not yet been charged.